Meta is a program about taking care of our minds through creative expression. The program aims to encourage discussion about proactive strategies that help look after our mental health.

Mind

Our minds are problem-solving machines that can sometimes overwhelm us with excessive thought. Through creative activity we can cultivate mindfulness and harness its full calm potential.

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Emotions

We each can experience a range of emotions. Creativity allows the opportunity to explore what we feel and how we want to express it.

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Thoughts

Thoughts are powerful prompts that can govern our actions. Yet, thoughts are not facts, and therefore through noticing and observing them, we can decide how to react to them.

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Attention

We each can experience a range of emotions. Creativity allows the opportunity to explore what we feel and how we want to express it.

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Meta is a program about taking care of our minds through creative expression. The program aims to encourage discussion about proactive strategies that help look after our mental health.

HVNCOQ

New Zealand Born, Melbourne Raised multifaceted artist Hvncoq (Han-cock) is a name to be remembered.
New Zealand Born, Melbourne Raised multifaceted artist Hvncoq (Han-cock) is a name to be remembered. After his fast rise with his first musical venture ESESE a 12 piece hip hop soul band in early 2015, he shortly became a prolific figure in the local music scene, touring Aus and claiming the 2015 Triple J unearthed Laneway Festival comp. Re-emerging as a solo act he then released his self-titled debut EP in 2018 which got over 700k overall streams, with his smooth laid back melodic approach to rap on eclectic trap production really breaking him away from the pack. With support such as ‘Dckwrth’ , Golden Vessel & Oscar Key Sung all in one year and getting ‘Selfish’ spun on Zane Lowe’s BBC 1 radio show, this young artist has a lot to offer this ever so changing Australian hip hop climate.
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Montana Kitching

Montana Kitching is a Melbourne based illustrator / artist whose anecdotal artwork focuses on the thoughts, feelings and insecurities that many women and people experience daily.
Montana Kitching is a Melbourne based illustrator/artist whose anecdotal artwork focuses on the thoughts, feelings and insecurities that many women and people experience daily. Montana draws from personal experience with typically taboo topics such as Anxiety and Mental Health, Femininity and womanhood/ menstruation, body image and body dysmorphia, embarrassment and shame, self doubt and sexuality. Montana's illustrations are raw, honest and relatable and aim to provide people with safety, reassurance and an opportunity to open conversations and ultimately break down stigmas.
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Frances Cannon

Frances Cannon is a multidisciplinary artist based in Melbourne/Narrm who works predominantly in drawing and painting in ink, gouache and watercolour.
Frances Cannon is a multidisciplinary artist based in Melbourne/Narrm who works predominantly in drawing and painting in ink, gouache and watercolour. Frances is well known for her simple yet nuanced style of black and white illustration. Frances' work examines ideas of body love and body loathing, anxiety, relationships, sex and sexuality, gender, and bodily functions and can be viewed as diaristic as it is based on personal experience.
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James Lemon

New Zealand born artist James Lemon explores and experiments with clay as a generative activity to develop works that are sculptural and functional.
New Zealand born artist James Lemon explores and experiments with clay as a generative activity to develop works that are sculptural and functional. Lemon’s new series of sculptural forms are highly tactile, playful and dynamic objects. While crafted using traditional methods of hand-building and coiling, his pieces are also warped to express movement and gesture. Their upscaled and warped traditional forms challenge notions of functionality inherent to these objects and expose the material as the agent, a celebration of materiality. Most recently acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) for their permanent collection, as well as creating series for Heidi Museum of Modern Art and Craft Victoria, James continues to practice from his Northcote studio.
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Esther Olsson

Esther Olsson is an emerging artist from Melbourne, Australia.
Esther Olsson is an emerging artist from Melbourne, Australia. Her works are vibrant narratives that generate graphic grid systems, playing off Esther’s imaginative worlds. Her intention is to generate joyous and light-hearted imagery. Popular symbols she uses include protector animals, a daffodil, the female anatomy, plants and physical emotions. Esther’s own personal philosophy that manifests within her work is to approach life with a sense of humour and joviality. Let’s unpack META together and talk about your personal experiences with each element… MIND What is your understanding and awareness of mental health? And mindfulness? Do you experience a noisy mind that’s full of thoughts? How do you use mindfulness through creativity? EMOTIONS Do you experience uncomfortable emotions? What are they and when do you experience them? How do you pay attention to your emotions? How do you express them? Does your creativity allow you to express your emotions? THOUGHTS Do you have a loud inner critic? What does it sound like to you? How do you manage your relationship with your inner critic and turn the volume down on it? (Rephrase to the positive - how do you turn the volume up on the inner mentor?) How do your thoughts affect your creativity?
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Sahil Silk Roy

Sahil Silk Roy is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer living and working in Melbourne, Australia.
Sahil Silk Roy is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer living and working in Melbourne, Australia. With a foundation in graffiti spanning over a decade, his transition into an abstract- expressionistic style positions him in a unique stylistic avenue. His contrasting palette combines with flowing textural strokes, folding and tearing through highly developed layering processes, bringing forth sophisticated compositions reminiscent of both the culture and his surroundings, which continue to inspire and influence his ever evolving aesthetic.
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Joshua Maxwell De Hoog

Joshua Maxwell de Hoog is a multidisciplinary artist based in Geelong, Victoria.
Joshua Maxwell de Hoog is a multidisciplinary artist based in Geelong, Victoria. A co-founder of Geelong's Analogue Academy, he provides artists with the space to show contemporary art works as well as build an arts community, which pairs alongside another one of his projects 'lowercasepoetry', which is Geelong's longest running poetry group with monthly spoken word nights and regular publications. Alongside this, de Hoog is proactive in his own creative journey, having self published four books and shown over 50 times in the last ten years.
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